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In today’s news: Soprano Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg Classical Music’s Summit, and Spotify launches in Thailand. Russian opera director Serebrennikow has been arrested, classical music festivals are in high demand, and Italy to pay tribute to earthquake victims with music compositions.

The Financial Times

Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg, Classical Music’s Summit

SALZBURG, Austria — The curtain had just come down on Anna Netrebko’s highly anticipated debut as Verdi’s Aida here earlier this month. But her next performance was already beginning.

Teaching Drama

Mercury Theatre provides crèche

The Mercury Theatre of Colchester, Essex, has responded to feedback about accessibility for auditionees with caring responsibilities.

 Music Business Worldwide

Spotify launches in Thailand with subscription price of less than $4 a month

The company has this week launched both its ad-funded and premium services in Thailand. As a result, it’s now available in some 61 markets worldwide.

Pizzicato

Korean tenor wins Queen Sonja International Music Competition

The winner of this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition is tenor Seung Ju Bahg, a young talent from South Korea.

Klassik Heute

Künstlerresidenz von Daniel Hope in der Philharmonie Essen

Musiker, Autor, Moderator, Produzent: Der Geiger Daniel Hope ist eine der interessantesten Künstlerpersönlichkeiten der Gegenwart.

Musik Heute

Regisseur Serebrennikow festgenommen – Oper Stuttgart besorgt

Zwei Monate vor seiner geplanten Opernpremiere in Stuttgart ist der regierungskritische russische Theaterregisseur Kirill Serebrennikow in Moskau festgenommen worden.

Codex Flores

Klassik-Festivals erfreuen sich hoher Nachfrage

Laut der Deutschen Orchestervereinigung (DOV) erfreuen sich die sommerlichen Open-Air-, Festival- und Festspiel-Veranstaltungen klassischer Musik immer grösseren Zuspruchs.

France Musique

Italie : une création musicale pour exorciser le tremblement de terre de 2016

Un an après le tremblement de terre qui a fait près de 300 morts, l’Italie veut rendre hommage aux victimes et conjurer ses souvenirs.

Twitter

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The New York Times: Anna Netrebko poses for a selfie with a fan on the streets of Salzburg.

(Written on August 23, 2017 )

The Academy of Ancient Music have today announced that Robert Levin will inaugurate the Hogwood Fellowship. Established in honour of the Academy of Ancient Music’s founder Christopher Hogwood, the Fellowship is designed to further the ensemble’s commitment to providing historical insight and cultural context to the music they perform.

Christopher Hogwood was once asked if he spent half his time as a musician, and the other half as a musicologist; his response was that he spent 100% of his time as both.  Setting the AAM apart from other ensembles is the creativity and spontaneity of their performances that are grounded in scholarship, with a constant exploration of music in its broadest cultural context.

Robert Levin is a consummate musician, much loved by audiences around the world as a soloist and conductor.  He is also a renowned scholar, holding positions at institutions including Harvard and Cambridge University.  He enjoyed a long and close association with Christopher Hogwood and the AAM, which continues now with Richard Egarr as Music Director. Robert’s tenure as the first Hogwood Fellow for the remainder of this season, and the 2017-18 concert season, will include performances with the orchestra. Robert will provide insights into the music the AAM perform through interviews, talks, articles and concert programme notes.

WildKat had the great privilege of attending an interview with Robert Levin in Salzburg, where he was recording Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, on the composer’s own fortepiano.

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Music Director Richard Egarr commented: ‘I’m so pleased that Robert Levin will be our very first Hogwood Fellow.  I’ve worked with him for many years, and what he stands for really represents all that Christopher Hogwood stood for as well.  Robert Levin is a most incredible mind, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Mozart and Bach, and total recall over information. But not only that, he has the ability to transform this information into extraordinary live performance.’

Beyond 2017-18, Richard Egarr will be leading the process to seek out the next Hogwood Fellow. They may be a musician and musicologist like Robert, or perhaps an academic, or an artist – anyone from any discipline who can provide greater insight into the AAM’s music and music-making.

Robert Levin will next perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Sound Unbound’ weekend, taking place 29-30 April 2017.

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 Image: Robert Levin, Ascherman

(Written on February 13, 2017 )

“Wellness”, “wellbeing”, “work-life balance” – these buzzwords have been entering the business world more regularly over the past few years. As we as a society begin to focus more on our health, our time, our personal development, so have the companies that we work for. Especially in PR companies and creative agencies, where working over-time is almost expected and in the arts where there are concerts, launches, and networking events to attend, it’s important to ensure that you are able to enjoy your personal life wherever possible.

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WildKat began to explore techniques to reward colleagues and staff back in 2011, when Kat brought her yoga instructor into the office. We began having weekly classes for 1 hour on a Wednesday afternoon. Berlin’s Victoria Mattinson says, “Taking an hour out to do yoga is a really effective way of clearing the mind and stretching out.  I always come back to my desk feeling refreshed and with new ideas.”

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In 2014, we also cemented the annual WildKat ski trip for the team who have been in the company for over 1 year. This is the perfect retreat for our colleagues to relax and unwind (off the slopes, of course!), spend time with the full global team, and try some new experiences together. London’s Victoria Cappelletti went on her first trip this year, explaining, “The annual WildKat PR ski trip is a great way to get to know the members of the team better and actually become friends, so that we are all like a little family. It totally lines up with the general company mood, ethic and atmosphere, giving people the opportunity to have fun and discuss topics beyond work.”

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Our perks continued to build in 2015, when Sweden began to initiate 6-hour working days to create a balance between work and personal life, Kat decided to trial the scheme in our Berlin office. We were quite skeptical at first that 2 hours would make a huge difference to our work-life balance, and that it wouldn’t compromise our work, but we were ready for the challenge. After a transitional phase, our Berlin team was working more efficiently – so much that our clients did not notice! – completing tasks and moving on without procrastination, feeling more happy and healthy at work, and also attending more events out-of-hours without free time or energy being compromised.  You can read our full feedback here.

However, one journalist asked: if we love our jobs why would we want to work less? Although this was not the point of our experiment, the hardest aspect was the need to be constantly productive. There was less time to read articles and be active on social media – two activities which are crucial to PR. We also lost out on occasional small talk, which does help to break up the day. Therefore, from now on, instead of a full-blown overhaul of our working day, every employee has ten six-hour days per month at their disposal.

Last year, we decided that we would fully integrate our perks into WildKat’s ethos and policy. Our in-house design team at Classical Music Design created a poster for us, that would have a central place in our office and would remind us that being happy in our lives and at work will allow us to live a more balanced life.

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Kat explains, “I felt that my staff deserve the best that my company could possibly offer. I divided the benefits up into monetary, educational, and well-being. Mostly, I am weary that money is a big deciding factor so of course we wanted to increase perks and financial rewards but actually focusing on well-being and one’s own personal development is a hot topic that almost comes equal to financial gain. 

“We want to feel valued on many levels and that our development is encouraged along the way so I wanted to offer training funds, 6 hour working days, yoga sessions, sabbatical, etc. Rewarding my staff doesn’t always have to cost the company a lot but it does mean that the teams are better balanced. Quite frankly, the older I get, the more I think that time is the most valuable commodity, so I want to enhance my staff’s time when at work but also give them more off time out of the office.” 

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Director of the Berlin office, Carolin Denz, was one of the first to utilise her training fund, purchasing a few books on leadership and communication: “As the Berlin team has grown a lot and we all know how important it is to build up a great and solid working team, we are always focusing on improving the team spirit and motivation. I began to learn some tips and advice from a few books about different ways to lead groups, so we can build on it with individual and more intense workshops during 2017. The books give an insight into how groups of different characters and opinions work, how to lead them best and motivate them to build up the team we need for our campaigns – creative thinking, responsibility and being a good team-player.”

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As well as the “official” #WildKatPerks, we still encourage our team to network in the industry, and step into the wider world to gain knowledge and make introductions on behalf of the company. For example, Junior Account Manager & Office Manager James Hardie attended #ABO17. He said, “I was very excited to have the chance to attend the Association of British Orchestras conference in Bournemouth, especially at such an early stage in my career.  The focus this year was Disruption, and I had the privilege of listening to some of the industry’s leading figures, including Hannah Kendall, Mel Larsen, James Murphy, and Chi-Chi Nwanoku talk about what this meant to them.  A strong feeling of community pervaded every session, and it was heartening to be surrounded by so many like-minded people, all of whom want to see classical music engage with new and diverse audiences.”

As civil servants face curbs on office ‘cake culture’, here at WildKat we know that everything works well in moderation and with plenty of balance. Are you considering some new perks for your company? How do you manage to balance work and life as a freelance? Feel free to send us your thoughts at @WildKatPR or comment below!

(Written on January 31, 2017 )

WildKat PR are delighted to introduce another new client: concert violinist Moonkyung Lee, who performs extensively across Europe, as well as the United States and South Korea, and she has collaborated with many eminent ensembles, conductors, and performers. Highlights include the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maxim Shostakovich, and performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with cellist Mischa Maisky and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Moonkyung Lee plays an 1845 Vuillaume violin, which was previously owned by Jack Benny.

Moonkyung Lee has won many awards and scholarships, such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition and the Padova International Competition, and she holds an NYU/Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (of which she was the first ever classical string performer recipient). Her two recitals in Seoul in 2015 were sponsored by the Arts Council Korea, and she has often featured as a solo performer on Korea’s national television, KBS, in its Classical Odyssey, a programme devoted solely to classical music. She has also participated in many music festivals such as the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.

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WildKat PR are excited to be working on her upcoming album release of works for violin & orchestra by Tchaikovsky.  It was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić, and will be released on PARMA Recordings in February 2017 (exact release date tbc).

Follow Moonkyung on her website and on Facebook, as well as via the WildKat PR Blog, for her latest news.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian reports that CBSO has appointed 29-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as music director, Borusan Philharmonic to perform in Austria and Germany and a youth classical music programme in Washington turns no student away. Also, the HIP Festival aims to salvage classical music that has been forgotten

The Guardian

CBSO appoints 29-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as music director

The Lithuanian woman who succeeds Andris Nelsons in Birmingham wins acclaim for energy and ‘rare talent’

Hurriyet Daily News

Borusan Philharmonic in Austria and Germany

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) is set to go on tour to two of the most important countries in the history of classic music, Austria and Germany

PBS NewsHour

This youth classical music program turns no students away

For a group of children in Yakima, Washington, life is changing one cello at a time

Indy Week

The HIP Festival Aims to Salvage Classical Music So Old Symphonies Often Forget It Exists

The HIP Festival salvages sounds of the past that even most symphonies have forgotten

Kultur-Port.de

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie wird “Orchester des Jahres” im Programm von Deutschlandradio Kultur

Neue Anerkennung durch Deutschlandradio Kultur: Ab 2016 wählt das nationale Kulturprogramm jährlich ein Ensemble als „Orchester des Jahres“ aus. In diesem Jahr geht die Würdigung an „Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen“

NDR.de

“Weiße Haut” der Elbphilharmonie gibt den Ton an

Für Hamburgs Kultursenatorin Barbara Kisseler (parteilos) ist es ein “vorgezogener Freudentag” – knapp ein Jahr vor der geplanten Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

NMZ

Radiosender Bayern 1 streicht Volksmusik

Was haben Volksmusik und klassische Musik gemeinsam? Nicht viel, könnte man meinen. Außer in Bayern

France Musique

L’œuvre d’Olivier Messiaen entre à la Bibliothèque nationale de France

Partitions, livres, photos, manuscrits… Le fonds Messiaen, conservé jusqu’alors dans l’appartement parisien du compositeur, vient de trouver sa place à la Bibliothèque nationale de France

New York Times

Kickstarter as a Path to Grammy Nominations, Far Beyond the Indie Scene

Three years ago, the Nashville Symphony was in austerity mode as it recovered from the financial crisis and a flood that caused $40 million in damage to its building

Twitter

Philharmonia @philharmonia This week we’re performing #Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1 around the UK with brilliant conductor-pianist Lahav Shani http://bit.ly/1TwAZsC

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine We have now updated our news story on @TheCBSO‘s exciting new appointment. Here it is in full… http://www.classical-music.com/news/city-birmingham-symphony-orchestra-names-its-new-conductor

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Photograph: Nancy Horowitz/ The Telgraph

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Photograph: Nancy Horowitz/ The Guardian

(Written on February 4, 2016 )

On Friday, the Vienna Philharmonic announced that it’s crowdfunding campaign has raised an astonishing €10, 000, towards a home for asylum seekers, which it bought last month. There are still 54 days to go and over 60 000 still to raise! You can donate here: http://bit.ly/1lNJXVn

The Vienna Philharmonic has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise  €75,000 towards buying and renovating a former inn in St Aegyd, Lower Austria. For every donation made,  the orchestra offers a special thank you in the form of CD’s, DVD’s, concert tickets and backstage passes.

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Following the huge numbers of refugees arriving in Europe this year, questions of nationality, social cohesion, and belonging have arisen. These issues are especially apparent in countries such as Austria and Hungary, which have faced the greatest influxes of asylum seekers. The CEO of the Vienna Philharmonic, Andreas Großbauer believes that aiding refugees exemplifies everything that classical music stands for,  ‘When we play an opera like Fidelio, for example, the singers are singing about freedom – it struck me that if we did nothing to help the refugees coming to Austria, then our music just wouldn’t be honest anymore.’ Indeed, 40 members of the Vienna Philharmonic come from families of migration backgrounds and 20 don’t have an Austrian passport.

The Vienna Philharmonic’s campaign is of course hugely impressive, but there are also ordinary people throughout Austria continuously providing refugees with meals, blankets, clothes and shelter. On the other hand, in October’s elections, there was increased support for the Austrian far right ‘Freedom Party’. It got 31 percent of the vote, on an anti-immigrant platform that included a proposed border fence. In the face of this and of tensions throughout Europe, the crowdfunding campaign and generosity of the Vienna Philharmonic appears all the more impressive.

20, 000 people took to the streets in Vienna in September to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

20, 000 people took to the streets of Vienna in September, to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

It might seem like a huge amount of money to direct to housing just four families, but the orchestra also wants to set an example and inspire others. The whole community is committed to the project and to integrating the asylum seekers in the long term; they will be taught German and the home will be a place for cultural exchange and benefit concerts. The campaign is raising money to provide more than just accommodation.

The Vienna Philharmonic has consistently had a strong focus on charity work. Throughout the year, it raises money for ‘Light in Darkness’, the Red Cross, Amnesty International and victims of landmines, it also gives charity concerts in hospitals. On September 28th, the orchestra gave a benefit concert which raised €116,892.73 towards the refugee crisis. Their latest campaign to house and permanently support 16 immigrants deserves particular congratulations!

(Written on December 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, St. John’s Smith Square joins REMA, a report finds that cities are recognising the benefits of culture and the Vienna Philharmonic is funding a home for asylum seekers. Also, Classical Music Magazine discusses concerns that the BBC’s funding will be cut again

Classical Music Magazine

St John’s Smith Square joins REMA

St John’s Smith Square is now a member of REMA (the European Early Music Network)

Arts Professional

Cities recognise benefits of culture, report finds

Local authorities envisage a shift away from direct provision of cultural services, but are preparing to lead by articulating a vision, brokering partnerships, and sourcing new funding

Classic FM

One of the world’s greatest orchestras is funding a home for asylum seekers

The Vienna Philharmonic is one of the world’s oldest orchestras, best known for its performances of great classical music. But now it’s announced a project to create a home for refugees in Austria

Classical Music Magazine

All who love music should campaign to save the BBC

The Conservative government is preparing its policy on the BBC’s future. The Green Paper published by government raises concerns that the BBC’s funding will be cut again, or that it will be significantly downsized. The effect that this might have on employment opportunities for musicians could be catastrophic

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Avantgardist der Klänge

Der Komponist Helmut Lachenmann wird 80 Jahre alt. Er hat verschiedene Geräusche in seine Arbeiten integriert. Seine Oper “Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” gilt als eines der Hauptwerke unserer Zeit

Klassik.com

Drei Musikprojekte mit Junge Ohren Preis ausgezeichnet

Drei Musikproduktionen und -projekte sind am Donnerstagabend in der Villa Elisabeth in Berlin mit dem Junge Ohren Preis ausgezeichnet worden

NMZ

Hontvári Gábor gewinnt 7. Dirigierwettbewerb der Mitteldeutschen Musikhochschulen

Der Weimarer Musikstudent Gábor Hontvári hat den 7. Dirigierwettbewerb der Mitteldeutschen Musikhochschulen gewonnen. Damit habe bereits zum siebten Mal infolge ein Student der «Weimarer Dirigentenschmiede» den Wettbewerb der drei Hochschulen für sich entscheiden können

The New York Times

Andrew Norman on Loving ‘Star Wars’ and Pushing Musical Boundaries

When Andrew Norman was growing up, “Star Wars” was the only film his family owned on video. Fascinated by John Williams’s classic score, Mr. Norman decided when he was young that he wanted to be a composer

Scherzo

El Centro de Investigación y Documentación Musical de la UCLM se asocia al CSIC

La Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) cuenta con la primera Unidad Asociada al Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) en el ámbito de la Música y la Musicología

Twitter

Top Classical News:  ‏@topcmnews Soprano Hannigan shatters classical music’s glass ceiling – Malay Mail Online http://bit.ly/1IlKtOT  #ClassicalMusic

BBC Radio 3:@BBCRadio3  Music in Time: JS Bach never wrote an opera, but the St. Matthew Passion comes pretty close #EssentialClassics

Classical Orchestras:@OrchestrasToday  BBC Radio Christmas highlights 2015 http://bbc.in/1Q25wwq

Cities recognise benefits of culture

Cities recognise benefits of culture

(Written on November 27, 2015 )

One of our most recent clients, internationally acclaimed pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell, will be performing in Austria this week. Having recently returned from Russia, and previously Bangkok, Vanessa is currently enjoying a varied and busy schedule. Her commitments in Thailand and Russia included being a Jury member at the Steinway Piano Competition and hosting a Piano Masterclass at the Rostov Conservatory respectively.

Bringing her slightly closer to her home country of Italy, Vanessa’s first performance this month is tonight in Deutschlandsberg, as part of the Deutschlandberger Klavierfruhling where her programme will include Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies no. 10 and 6, Cappricio all Turca, and Spanish Rhapsody. Also featured in this colourful programme are Chopin’s Ballade no. 4 and Stravinsky’s Petruska.

Following that performance, on the 21st of June, Vanessa will be performing as a debutant at the Liszt Festival, Raiding, a festival well known for accommodating passionate Liszt fans. Here, Vanessa will be performing a cross section of the piano works of Liszt alongside fellow pianists Eri Mantani and Susanna Kadzhoyen.

Vanessa Benelli Mosell at rehearsals in Deutschlandsberg

Vanessa Benelli Mosell at rehearsals in Deutschlandsberg

 

(Written on June 19, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘I cried on stage. I’m not sure I will play again’

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber talks for the first time about the injury that has ended his stellar career.

Business Standard

New app allows classical musicians to perform solo with virtual orchestra

A new computer system allows musicians to perform as solo with a full philharmonic orchestra from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Classic FM Online

Austria tops ‘classical Eurovision’ survey

As Europe gears up for a weekend of Eurovision, UK audiences have chosen their top five classical countries – with Britain coming a respectable fourth.

Eric Whitacre announces Virtual Youth Choir

The composer and conductor is calling on singers aged 18 and under to join him in his latest online choral project, which launches officially next week.

Arts Journal

Gergiev’s Trafalgar Square concert is marred by anti-Putin protests

The London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square was marred yesterday by demonstrations against its outgoing conductor, Valery Gergiev, an outspoken supporter of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

The Violin Channel 

Prized Russian Cellist Dmitry Volkov Has Died

Russian cello virtuoso Dmitry Volkov has passed away aged just 26. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute, Dmitry was a former 1st prize winner at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. The cause of death at this stage is not known.

New York Times

Factory Conversion Moves Forward 

The effort to turn a century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into an acoustically sound concert hall, recording studio, nightclub and center for composers is moving ahead.

Klassik.com 

Fédor Roudine gewinnt Violinwettbewerb Henri Marteau

Russischer Geiger erhält Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro

Le Figaro

Philharmonie de Paris: « Un vrai signe de changement »

La nouvelle salle symphonique présente sa toute première saison le 15 mai. Laurent Bayle, son président nous en livre les grandes lignes en exclusivité.

Le Monde

Capuçon, Bowie, Boulez… : la Philharmonie de Paris dévoile son programme

Terre ! Terre ! Cette fois, la Philharmonie de Paris, dont l’ouverture était initialement prévue en 2013, puis en 2014, annonce enfin sa première saison, qui devrait débuter en janvier 2015.

Classical Music on Twitter

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 12, 2014 )

Ben Frost who has been described by Time Out Magazine as a ‘laconic composer’ has adapted Iain Banks’ cult novel ‘The Wasp Factory’ into an opera, premiering tonight, at The Royal Opera House and showing until the 8th of October. There is much anticipation as to what the opera will be like and how this famous book will be interpreted, the Independent are confident that: ‘in all likelihood, [Banks] would have enjoyed the music.’

Ben Frost is a composer born in Australia but based in Reykjavik, Iceland, and is widely recognized for his experimental music which fuses multiple genres from post-classical electronic minimalism to dark metal. He has released a number of albums and has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Nico Muhly, and Brian Eno, by whom he was chosen to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program.

The Wasp Factory has already been performed at the Bregenz Festival in Austria and last week in Berlin, where it ‘received acclaim’ according to The Independent. With Frost’s ‘atmospheric, often presenting troubling and multilayered soundscapes’ as described by Time Out, it seems that Frost’s style is perfectly suited for the transformation of this dark novel.  In his recent interview with The Times, Frost expressed that he is ‘not interested in making works that are anything other than arresting. Good music should hit you like a suicide.’ With this approach from Ben Frost, one can imagine that The Wasp Factory is an engaging opera to experience.

To read more, pick up a copy of this week’s Time Out, and the full article from The Independent is available online, as is The Times feature on Ben Frost and The Wasp Factory. Tickets are available to buy online from the Royal Opera House.

You can also follow Ben Frost on Twitter and Facebook.

The Independent

Arifa Akbar, The Independent

(Written on October 2, 2013 )